333 East 86th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.777510 -73.950454
Mon - Sat: 5:30am. - 10pm
Sunday 5:30am - 7:30pm
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
This bustling neighborhood spot holds its own when it comes to bagels in the Upper East Side. – The Scene
Abundant red neon signage and plenty of vertically suspended salamis compete for visual attention at Tal Bagel, a popular Upper East Side spot that serves some of the best bagels in the city. The restaurant is frequently a circus of activity on weekend mornings and is especially popular with families. An eager team of Bangladeshis fills orders behind the counter.
Bagels from Tal have a great chewy texture, with an overall mass somewhere between those from H&H and Ess-a-Bagel. Accompaniment-wise, Tal stocks all of the usual suspects, including spreads, schmears, cold cuts, smoked fish and a terrific, extra-chunky egg salad. Tal also stocks big rounds of challah, plastic-wrapped and ready for the road.
really good bagels. even a brit can tell that – I'm a Brit so what do i know about Bagels. I just walk past this place on the way to get my Sunday Times from a news agent across the street. This place looked busy and now I know why. I just bought some bagels to take home with me and they are definitely the best I've had. Normally I'd toast but no ned, they were still warm and absolutely fresh. Next Sunday I'm gonna eat in and try the smoked fish which looks really good.
Very tasty – I had a sesame bagel with veggie cream cheese and my boyfriend had a raisin bagel. We both loved our on-the-go lunch. They don't need to be toasted because they were nice and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Much, much better than H&H Bagels.
A good bagel – Good bagels and good cream cheese. None of that yucky whipped stuff. But they don't have a toaster, which is strange.
Break of dawn with Bagel – Want to start your day with a great bagel. Try Tal Bagel located on 86th street on the East side. On return from a long night out I stopped by. They have great bagel specially in the morning since they are right out of the oven. The bagels here are perfect soft and tender on the inside an slightly crusty on the outside great for sandwiches. There chicken soup actually has chicken in it and the tuna is mouth-watering. These place is not fancy but with one the most organized, excellent and friendly service with is quick to go. The staff seems highly organized and fast worker with reasonable prices. Surprise to find out they do not make eggs and don't toast bagel I guess cause they are always serving fresh. Great bagel place.
Now That's A Bagel – Great bagels made the old-fashioned way. The appetizing is excellent - just as good as Zabars & Barney Greengrass at a reasonable price (if bought by the pound). Drawbacks: service is slow and they don't toast!
YUMMY! – Never fails to please. delicious bagels, especially when right out of the oven. Spreads and toppings are great - though a bit pricey. Service is fast and friendly. Only drawback - they won't toast your bagel, and they don't make eggs for the bagel. But that is highly forgivable.
Hidden goodies – Very neighborhoody, very quick and sufficient.
Nothing fancy but really good food with pretty reasonable price. Other apetizers and food
Best bagels in Midtown – Compared to Ess-a, Tal offers a less doughy bagel! They even scoop it out nice (for those on a diet) not too much not to little. The cream cheeses are out of this world and I love that coffee!!
A little crowded but they move that line really fast! A little pricey but it really hits the spot on a Sunday morning!
bagel scmagel – good bagels, lousy service good priced nova--icky iced coffee...but they deliver
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